Jake Marisnick blasted two grand slams in back-to-back innings and led the Jacksonville Suns in an 11-2 rout of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on Thursday night at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium.
Marisnick became the fifth player in the history of the Southern League to record nine RBI in one game. His night started early with a first-inning RBI double and took off in the seventh. Batting with the bases loaded, after an error on the front end of a possible double play extended the inning, Marisnick unloaded his first career grand slam on a 1-2 hanging breaking ball from Josh Ravin to give Jacksonville a 6-0 lead.
An inning later, Marisnick came up with the bags juiced again and launched a second grand slam, this one on a 1-1 pitch from Ravin. Marisnick finished the night by going 3-for-5 with two grand slams, his fifth and sixth homers of the year, two runs scored and nine RBI. It was the first time since Butch Garcia drove in nine on August 4, 1989 for Charlotte that a Southern League player recorded as many RBI.
Marisnick's night marred what was a great start for Daniel Renken. The righthander fell to 1-4 despite allowing just one run on four hits in six innings while tying a season-high with seven punchouts. The only run he gave up was in the first inning on a double by Marisnick.
Pensacola couldn't get anything going on offense until the ninth inning. The Wahoos strung together four singles in the ninth with RBI's from Devin Lohman and Luis Durango to account for the final margin.
The series continues on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. Josh Smith (3-5, 4.10) toes the rubber for Pensacola while Bryan Evans (0-2, 9.00) will get the start for Jacksonville. The first 2,000 fans through the gates on Friday will receive a camouflage hat courtesy of Virginia College.